Escuti y Quiroga, Sandalio
- María de Lourdes Ghidoli
was born in Buenos Aires on 3 September 1815 and, according to the parish register of Our Lady of Mercy Church, his parents were Miguel Escuti, a free black man, and María Josefa Noriega, a black slave. The origin of his second surname Quiroga, which he used as a signature in La Raza Africana, is unknown. Interestingly, the parish register states that Escuti y Quiroga held the status of a “freedman.” This legal status was established through the Ley de Libertad de Vientres, or the law of free wombs, enacted by the Constitutional Assembly of 1813 which declared that the children of slaves born after 31 January of that year would be freed However it should be noted that it was not an immediate freedom men gained their liberty at the age of twenty and women when they turned sixteen They were still obliged to serve their masters ...